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Focus and prioritising your creative goals

I have never felt as unsettled and uncertain as now. Over the past month my emotions have been unpredictable, approaching like a wave. One morning, I wake up relaxed and calm without a care in the world. Then, the following day I have feelings of anxiety from a lack of knowledge about what comes next.

I am excited about what the future might hold and the positive changes that I’m sure will happen as a result. I often say I love change and as a result what we are all going through feels like a test. Am I happy to jump in with both feet? What personal changes am I prepared to make? What are the processes that will help me to be open to possibility? How can I support others to come through tough times? How can we all support each other more? There are so many questions, popping up in my head, all the time.

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Human Connection
– Why is it important for your creative practice?


“Your connections to all the things around you define who you are.”

Aaron D. O’Connell, Quantum Physicist, University of California

Why are connections important?
Humans thrive on being together and connected, it’s something that we all take for granted. As a result of the Covid-19 virus emergency, every day I see examples of disconnected people. People craving hugs, hooking up for online conversations or talking to strangers. It’s been clearer than ever that we need to connect to stay sane.

A conversation that I have seen people having on social media is about the science behind hugs. So, I thought I’d better look it up and I found is that there is proof that hugs do boost our happiness. A good hug is the fastest way for you to get oxytocin flowing in your body. Oxytocin, calms your nervous system and boosts positive emotions.

Read the full article here: https://happyologist.co.uk/fun/the-shocking-truth-behind-hugs/

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Arts Council Emergency Fund Summary & Application Template for Artists & Arts Organisations

I wanted to do something that would help the arts sector at this tough time for us all. So, my company Creative Spark is publishing FREE Arts Council Emergency Fund Summary Doc and Application Templates for artists and arts organisations that are considering applying.

Emergency Fund deadlines are 16th and 30th April, so anyone who wants to apply needs to get organised.

To access my Arts Council Emergency Fund support pack, click the link: https://linktr.ee/mandagraham.creativespark and sign up to the Creative Spark monthly e-news. I’ll be sending out the pack in the Creative Spark e-news on Monday 6th April.

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Art has the Answers

“All art is quite useless”, said Oscar Wilde in the introduction of his famous novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, which was published in 1890. He said this because he believed that the aim of art was, “Simply, to create a mood. It is not meant to instruct, or to influence action in anyway.”
 
Art means something different to each one of us.
 
  • Do you agree with Oscar Wilde?
  • Do you share my view, that art and creativity have the power to address some of the world’s biggest problems?
  • Or is it something that has never really crossed your mind?

In this blog, I would like to explore what art means to you, explain why I think art is such a powerful tool and talk about just a few of the ways that creativity is achieving amazing things in the UK today.

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